Legal bid over David Miranda detention at Heathrow – BBC News

“Lawyers for the partner of a journalist are due back in court in a legal challenge to his airport detention under anti-terrorism laws.”

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BBC News, 6th November 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Schedule 7: A Necessary Evil? – Garden Court Chambers Blog

Posted November 1st, 2013 in bills, immigration, investigatory powers, news, stop and search, terrorism by sally

“Ali Naseem Bajwa QC and Terry McGuinness examine port stops carried out under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.”

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Garden Court Chambers Blog,

Source: www.gclaw.wordpress.com

Another hall of mirrors human rights story from the Telegraph – Daily Telegraph

“Yesterday saw another poor piece of human rights reporting from the Telegraph, again from Home Affairs Correspondent David Barrett. Strasbourg human rights court threatens key counter-terrorism powers. It is a typical piece of hall-of-mirrors reporting; all of the basic elements are there but presented in a distorted and inaccurate way.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th October 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

PACE Codes A, B, C 2013 – Home Office

Posted October 23rd, 2013 in codes of practice, detention, investigatory powers, police, stop and search by tracey

“PACE Codes A, B, C 2013”

PACE Code A

PACE Code B

PACE Code C

Home Office, 23rd october 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Stuart Lawrence race complaint against Met upheld – BBC News

“A Metropolitan Police officer accused of racial discrimination against the brother of Stephen Lawrence has a ‘case to answer for misconduct’, the police watchdog has said.”

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BBC News, 12th October 2013

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New police anti-terror powers could be unlawful, say MPs – The Independent

“Intrusive anti-terrorism powers that give police the right to detain travellers for up to six hours without suspicion, as well as download data from their phones and laptops, are unlawful, a group of MPs has warned.”

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The Independent, 11th October 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Schedule 7 powers too intrusive, says committee – The Guardian

“Stop and search powers at ports and airports – used to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald for nine hours during the summer – are too intrusive, according to a parliamentary committee.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Exclusive: Watchdog takes police to court over airport ‘harassment’ – The Independent

“Scotland Yard acted unlawfully after failing to fully investigate claims that innocent Muslims were detained and harassed at airports under sweeping anti-terrorism laws, the police watchdog has claimed.”

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The Independent, 10th October 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Skins’ actor sues Met for false arrest claiming he was racially stereotyped – The Independent

Posted October 11th, 2013 in assault, false imprisonment, news, police, race discrimination, stop and search by sally

“An award-winning actor is suing the Metropolitan Police for assault and false imprisonment after he was wrongly suspected of drug dealing.”

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The Independent, 10th October 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Stop and search: it does matter if you’re black or white – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 20th, 2013 in drug abuse, drug offences, news, race discrimination, reports, stop and search by sally

“A troubling report co-authored by the London School of Economics and Release was published this week and shows that drug policing is the predominant purpose in the use of stop and search with black people stopped and searched for drugs at 6.3 times the rate of white people. In addition, black people are more likely to receive a harsher police response for possession of drugs.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 19th September 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Police face court over refusal to hand over reports on anti-Muslim ‘bias’ – The Guardian

“Scotland Yard is facing court action next week after refusing to hand over the results of investigations it was ordered to conduct into claims that it used counter-terrorism powers to discriminate against and harass innocent Muslims.”

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The Guardian, 13th September 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woman to hear court ruling on her airport questioning – BBC News

“A Muslim woman who says she was stopped at an airport ‘without reasonable suspicion’ is awaiting a court ruling on whether her rights were breached.”

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BBC News, 28th August 2013

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Black people twice as likely to be charged with drugs possession – report – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2013 in drug offences, news, racism, reports, stop and search by sally

“Black people are not just significantly more likely to be searched by police for drugs than their white peers, but face almost double the chance of being charged if any are found, according to a study of racial disparities in the way drug laws are enforced.”

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The Guardian, 21st August 2013

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Home Office may have broken the law in ‘racist’ spot checks on suspected illegal immigrants – and may have questioned domestic violence victims – The Independent

“The Home Office is facing an investigation into whether its officials broke the law by carrying out ‘racist’ spot checks to find illegal immigrants, as it emerged that domestic violence victims may also have been questioned about their right to be in Britain.”

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The Independent, 3rd August 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Home Secretary extends consultation into use of stop and search – Home Office

Posted July 31st, 2013 in consultations, news, police, stop and search, time limits by sally

“Members of the public given an extra six weeks to have their say on stop and search after consultation extended to 24 September.”

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Home Office, 30th July 2013

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Stop and Search is Not Working Properly – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

Posted July 22nd, 2013 in consultations, news, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

“On July 2, in a Commons statement, Mrs Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said she was initiating a six-week public consultation about the use of stop and search. On July 16, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published a highly critical report – Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly? (www.hmic.gov.uk). By the end of the year, Mrs May said, the Government would respond to both the HMIC report and the public consultation.”

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 20th July 2013

Source: www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk

Misuse of stop and search powers risks undermining police, says watchdog – The Guardian

“The misuse of ‘intrusive and contentious’ stop and search powers is threatening to undermine the legitimacy of the police, an official watchdog has warned.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2013

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Stop and search: home secretary launches consultation on police powers – The Guardian

“The home secretary, Theresa May, has launched a six-week consultation over the future of police stop-and-search powers after telling MPs that black people were still seven times more likely to be searched on the street than white people.”

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2013

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Stop and search reduction has led to fairer policing, says equality group – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2013 in equality, news, police, racism, stop and search by sally

“Police use of stop and search has been cut by up to 50% in five forces, including London and the West Midlands, without slowing the fall in the crime rate, according to an official report.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2013

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Minorities stopped disproportionally in decade after Macpherson report – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2013 in equality, murder, news, police, racism, statistics, stop and search by sally

“Ethnic minority Britons were subjected to nearly one-and-a-half million more stop and searches in the 10 years after the Macpherson inquiry than if the police had treated them the same as white people, the Guardian can reveal.”

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk